Ambassador Nikki Haley says she Had ‘Personal’ Talk With President Trump About his Charlottesville Response

President Donald Trump speaks as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and national security adviser H.R. McMaster listen at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Donald Trump speaks as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and national security adviser H.R. McMaster listen at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Nikki Haley said Tuesday that she had a “personal conversation” with President Trump about his botched response to the violent white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations initially told CNN that she would “leave it at that,” before divulging to ABC that “I picked up the phone and I had a private conversation with the president about Charlottesville, and it was taken very well.” When asked whether the president understood why he generated controversy by equating white supremacists to “alt-left” counter-protesters, Haley said, “The president clarified so that no one can question that he’s opposed to bigotry and hate in this country.”

SOURCE: The Daily Beast